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Leslie Freehill

  • Partner



Leslie Freehill, a Partner in the firm's Litigation Practice Group, helps clients achieve quality and cost-effective results in civil litigation, political and election law, environmental law, employment, and administrative matters. She also represents clients in the area of reproductive rights, and frequently speaks on the topic throughout the state. She has been named a Super Lawyers Rising Star each year from 2018 through 2023.

Leslie has experience in state and federal litigation and appeals, before administrative agencies, and in private arbitration proceedings. She has successfully represented citizen groups seeking enforcement of environmental laws, employees challenging termination, health care professionals defending their licensure before state boards, and citizens seeking governmental records through open records requests.

With a Master of Science degree in Environment & Resources, Leslie brings a scientific, technical approach to helping her clients navigate complex legal issues. She has worked at various levels of government, from the Madison City Attorney's Office to the USDA Office of General Counsel and at nonprofits. Prior to joining Pines Bach LLP, she was a staff attorney for the Dane County Circuit Court. Leslie is admitted to practice law in Wisconsin and Illinois, and in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Political & Election Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment Law


  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Iowa State University
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
    • Master of Science

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Legal Association for Women, President-Elect
  • American Inns of Court, James E. Doyle Chapter, Member
  • Wisconsin Association for Justice, Member
  • Dane County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Member
  • Wisconsin Employment Lawyer Association
  • American Bar Association, Environment, Energy & Resources Section Member

Published Works and Speaking Engagements

  • “Advising Licensed Medical Professionals in a Post-Dobbs World,” State Bar of Wisconsin Solo and Small Firm Conference (October 2023)
  • “Abortion Law in Wisconsin Post-Dobbs: Current Status and Implications,” Dane County Bar Association (November 2022)
  • “Abortion Law in Wisconsin Post-Dobbs: Status and Implications,” Legal Association for Women (September 2022)
  • “Providing Health Care Services in Wisconsin Post-Dobbs: A Look at Wisconsin Abortion Law,” State Bar of Wisconsin (August 2022)
  • “From the 2020 Election to Redistricting: Lawyers at Work,” Panel Member, State Bar of Wisconsin Annual Meeting and Conference (June 2021)
  • “Battle for the Ballot Box,” Wisconsin Lawyer (April 2021)
  • “Wisconsin Legislature Weighs Changes in Establishing Certain Water Quality Standards,” Environmental Law Section Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin (February 2020)
  • “2017 Wisconsin Act 369 Spells Changes for Environmental Practitioners,” Environmental Law Section Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin (January 2019)
  • “High Capacity, High Controversy: The Battle Over Wisconsin Wells Continues,” Environmental Law Section Blog, State Bar of Wisconsin (December 2017)

Community Involvement

  • Madison Public Library Foundation, Board Committee Member (2022-present)
  • Common Wealth Development, Board Vice President and Member (2015-2021)
  • Savanna Institute, Advisory Council Member (2019-present)

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